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post #1 of 8 Old Jun 26th, 2018, 5:26 pm Thread Starter
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K1600 Maintenance?

Thinking of K1600. Presently have LT & GSA and work on them.

How hard is K16 maintenance for DIY?

Cost to have valves done?
How hard to do valves yourself?

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Re: K1600 Maintenance?

Well the transverse engines do require you to pull the radiator just to get to the valves for a check. Not hard but time consuming. Good news is they usually don't need adjustment. Then once it is back together you have to vacuum fill (special non-BMW tool and not expensive) the coolant as you cannot gravity fill. Other than that they are just like every other BMW. On the oil change you pull the drain plug and then go in through that hole to pull another one. You will need the newer GS-911 to reset the service reminder.

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Re: K1600 Maintenance?

Thank you...

Vacuum the coolant?
What tool?
Is there a point/connection on cooling system to do this?

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Re: K1600 Maintenance?

This is the tool you need to draw a vacuum on the system and then let it suck the coolant in.
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2005 K1200LT Ocean Blue Blue Wizard 110 K and counting...
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But lack DE, MA, RI and CT with the 2005 LT

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Re: K1600 Maintenance?

Thank you.
Does that kit have all that's needed?

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It appears so but I have not used it yet but I have watched a video of the process and it has everything the one he used did.

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Thanks.

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This is the tool you need to draw a vacuum on the system and then let it suck the coolant in.
This tool will not work as you do not have the space to insert it in the radiator cap opening.

I use the Mityvac MV4535 Cooling System AirEvac Kit that I had to modify the rubber cone fitting by using a 90 degree 1/4 inch pipe thread elbow to which I epoxied the chrome fitting to and the other end I use a 1/4 inch pipe thread to barbed fitting. This provides the proper clearance to do the job. I used it on my K1600GT this spring to do the 18,000 miles maintenance and also lend it to my friend to do his K1600GTL.

A not of caution when doing the maintenance, you have to remove the plastic pipe on top of the valve cover. Do not follow the service manual instruction for this as you will break that pipe and it will cost you ~$100 for a replacement. The safe alternative is to use a thin bit holder ratchet with the proper bit (You will need to cut about 3/16 inch from the torx bit hex end to get the proper clearance) and remove the screw securing the 3 aluminium covers that the pipe connects to.

Since your radiator is removed, get it to a radiator shop and ask them to clean the outside of the core by soaking it, this will get your running temp back to normal.

For the replacement Anti-freeze, go to your local BMW Car dealer and buy a gallon of the anti-freeze (Paid $23.00CDN for 3.8Litres at my local dealer) (it's the same as they use in the motorcycle), Also buy 1 gallon of Distilled or De-Ionized Water to mix with the Anti-freeze in a 50/50 mix. Find a clean container that holds 1 gallon and mix the Anti-freeze and Water before use.

For the spark plugs, here is a ling to order them for $12.06 each; https://www.ngk.com/product.aspx?zpid=46681

You will have to plan about 6 hours to do the 18,000 mile maintenance (Engine Oil and filter change, Final Drive oil Change, valve clearance check and spark plug replacement

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